Summer Family Activity: Sustenance - Camden Art Centre

Join artist and chef, Tomoya Matsuzaki for a free event for families exploring food, and its journey from land to our mouths.

Over the summer we are hosting 5 days of family-friendly activities in our Garden and Drawing Studio that take their starting point from five basic human survival needs – sustenance, shelter, rest, breathing and clothing. The sessions will offer children and their adults a relaxed and creative environment to look to nature and slow down.

Sustenance Additional Information The Artist Upcoming Sessions


Children and their adults are invited to drop-in for an afternoon of tasting and self-led activities in our garden exploring how geography influences our relationship with the land, food cycles and seasonality of food.

Tomoya Matsuzaki will be experimenting with local and seasonal ingredients such as elderflower, fennel, nettle, wild rocket and garlic mustard (dependent on seasonal availability) to make tempura style food and infused herbal drinks for families to try.

The food tasting will be accompanied by an activity zine created by Tomoya Matsuzaki containing self-led activities for children and adults to do together in our garden, as well as recipe ideas and foraging tips to take home.

Please note: All ingredients and food sources will be listed on the day for allergies and information. There will be a limited amount of food, please book to avoid disappointment.

Additional Information

  • Designed for children with accompanying adults, but open to all.
  • Open to children of all ages (recommended 3yrs and over). Children must be accompanied by an adult for the full session.

Booking is recommended to be guaranteed a space but you can drop-in anytime from 12-4pm.

Sessions will take place in our Garden, in the case of rainy weather we will relocate to our Drawing Studio, but please make sure to wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activities.

The Artist

Tomoya Matsuzaki grew up in Japan and is now based in London. Matsuzaki graduated from Chelsea MA Fine Art in 2004, training as a chef while studying art.

In 2022, Matsuzaki was awarded an Arts Council England grant, to explore new perspectives on the British landscape through local food cultures, embarking on focused research into foraging, local ingredients, pickling and fermentation.

Matsuzaki organizes monthly experimental food tasting supper clubs to facilitate sharing of stories, flavours and explore food as a mechanism for cultural exchange.

Recent solo exhibition include ‘Unmapped Territory’ at Yutaka Kikutake Gallery in Tokyo, 2021 was reviewed to critical acclaim in the bilingual web magazine ‘RealTokyo’, written by Toshiharu Suzuki, a curator at Toyota Municipal Museum in Japan. Their work ‘Willow’, a painting on plaster, was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, exhibited at Walker Art Centre, Liverpool.

Upcoming Sessiong

Sunday 21 August
Shelter – Sara Jackson

Sunday 4 September
Rest (is a political act) – Niki Colclough

Sunday 18 September
Clothing – Sheyamali Sudesh